Messi misses penalty as Argentina held by Iceland

They are drawn in Group D with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria which is being considered as one of the toughest groups at this World Cup.

Unfortunately Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates were less fortunate against a resilient Iceland side, in their opening fixture at the 2018 World Cup. Argentina weren't making the ball count for them and Messi continued to be crowded out whenever he drifted forward in the centre of the pitch.

"But there's that little bit inside them that will want the individual glory".

If you don't have a pay TV package, you should still be able to watch Argentina and Iceland in the 2018 World Cup for free today with a digital antenna. Can Leo Messi match the hat-trick scored by eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo?

Lionel Messi's Argentina will underestimate Iceland at their peril, coach Heimir Hallgrimsson warned on Friday, saying the minnows are ready to spring another surprise in Russian Federation.

But instead of being the hero, Messi was the villain as his second-half spot-kick was easily saved by Hannes Halldorsson with the score at 1-1. The end result was a Gylfi Sigurddson shot Caballero could only parry straight to Alfred Finnbogasan, who tapped in.

Yet Halldorsson guessed correctly, diving to his right to frustrate Messi, meaning the Barcelona star has now missed four of his last seven attempts from the spot for club and country.

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Macherano and Biglia will also start in midfield for Argentina.

Finnbogasson has inked his name in the history books as he secured Iceland's first world cup goal. Messi took a free-kick but failed to clear the wall.

Despite the world-class goalscoring talent available to Argentina, Messi had to drag them to the World Cup nearly single-handedly, and they'll be relying on him a lot if they're to progress deep into the competition.

The crucial moment for Argentina came shortly after intermission, when Lionel Messi was down inside the box.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Argentina vs Iceland match will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2018.

While, it was an unbelievable moment for all Messi and Argentina faithful, somewhere the Ronaldo fanatics would have had a hearty laugh, seeing the Argentine miss it from the spot in what could probably have gone on to become the victor for his side. Iceland's goal arrived following an amateurish-looking sequence of so-called defending.

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